Saturday, September 22, 2007

Letter of Lovecraft to Eddy (21 July 1924)

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Lovecraft, H[oward] P[hillips]. AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED (ALS).
8 pages, dated 21 July 1924, to "Dear C M E Jr." [Clifford M. Eddy, Jr.], signed "yr faithful grandfather HPL." Written on four sheets of 6 x 9 1/2-inch paper with Hotel Pantlind letterhead, from 259 Parkside Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. Approximately 1300 words.
A nice gossipy letter about the world of the pulps: who's in, who's out, which magazine is going under, which one is starting up, which writers have which stories in limbo at which magazines. "Henneberger is now the nominal editor of Weird Tales; but he owes the printer $43,000, & the latter may take over the magazine & publish it himself in Indianapolis." Expresses frustration about getting any kind of weird material into All-Story, referring to its editor as "É Sister Bob Davis, that delicate soul for whose fastidious readers our rough frightful tales seem to be altogether too horrid & shocking & unpleasant." Yet Davis' superior, Matthew White was even more dead set against it. Indeed, there were very few markets for the kind of material that HPL and his gang wrote. Unpublished. Letter has faint mailing creases, but is in fine condition. (#109138) Price: $2,000.00

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